[Blueboard] Another inspiring Story from Pathways
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cvillanueva at ateneo.edu
Thu Jan 12 13:54:27 PHT 2006
Please check out the latest feature on one of our students that came out
last January 8, 2006 at the Sunday edition of The Manila Times.
*For young mathematician, adversity equals opportunity*
By Milet Landicho-Tendero
The Manila Times, January 8,2006
*(This series of articles about young college students with the Pathways
to Higher Education program is a joint project of the Ateneo de Manila
University and The Manila Times.) *
"Wisest is she who knows she knows nothing." These words of Socrates are
what Gene Mark Loresco lives by. Gene Mark, or GM as his friends call
him, was Marikina High School's class valedictorian in 2004. Now in his
second year as a Pathways scholar at UP-Diliman taking up BS Math, GM
says that college life has opened his eyes to the immensity of life.
Where in high school he was recognized for his excellence, college
Where in high school he was focused on his talents and self-development,
college opened doors to serious training and opportunities for service.
He realized his best was not good enough, and challenged himself to do
more, to be better.
Gene Mark is focused not just on his education but on the strength of
character that would be his foundation for a meaningful life. Servanthood
and leadership are qualities GM takes seriously. Inspired by the servant
leadership seminars conducted by Pathways for its scholars, GM is
involved in Pathways' "Pay It Forward" tutorial program for incoming
third-year public high-school students from Marikina. The program
provides an opportunity for the scholars to give back to their
communities. Ten Pathways scholars including GM set up the program
coined as "service," which stands for "Student Enthusiasts Rendering
Vision and Impact in Competitive Education." The program offers tutorials
in general chemistry, geometry, communication arts and skills, and
self-enhancement exercises, i.e., personality development. GM is the
president of service this year.
Because math is his first love, as a young boy, GM always thought
logically with concrete concepts. Now richer in experience, he has
acquired a deeper appreciation for life's adversities, and an optimistic
belief that adversities are actually hidden opportunities. A mentor once
told GM that "falling down doesn't make you a failure, staying down does."
"OK lang may masama, kasi through evil in this world, one is challenged to
do what is right. You realize the essence of right because there is the
wrong. Pero kung panay tama naman, ano naman ang essence noon?"
In GM's mind, "Success is meaningless kung walang pagkabigo. Adversities
challenge you to find your purpose in life."
But the mathematician genius is not all that serious. He is, just like
most of us, fun-loving. Among his favorite pastimes are surfing the
Internet, interacting in Friendster and playing online games. The
mathematician also dances and is a thrill-seeker. He enjoys carnivals
and fairs with its stomach-churning rides. He loves to write. He was
editor in chief of his high-school paper, The Shoe Capital, where he
contributed feature articles and opinions on issues contemporary and
At UP he is a member of the UP Mathematician Majors' Circle and the UP
Kustura, samahan ng mga estudyanteng UP na taga Marikina. This
organization set up LISTO, tagisan ng talino ng mga batang Marikeño (high
school), organized with the Marikina City Hall. The group also organized
activities such as diaper drives and rummage sales for cribs, a home for
orphans and abandoned children.
GM is the youngest of five siblings, most of whom have an engineering
degree or background. His Ate Aileen, a coffee barista, has units in
Industrial Engineering. Kuya Pocholo, an instructor at the Central
College of the Philippines and AMA Computer College, holds a BS in
Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE) and is pursuing an MA in
Mathematics. Kuya Jaime is in junior college pursuing BS ECE. GM's father,
Jaime Sr., and Kuya Menandro, both of whom died in November and September,
were electricians. Mom is good at making pastillas and peanut butter. She
sells her homemade goodies through the livelihood program of Pathways,
which helps defray the costs of GM's daily expenses.
With his math skills, GM hopes to become an actuarian after college. He
also wants to do part-time teaching and perhaps even set up a foundation
that is "focused on rendering service and charity." His gratitude to
Pathways is outpouring. "Through Pathways, I realized that I am able to
do things I never imagined I could do. Pathways has given me a lot of
Indeed, GM is gaining more than just a college education. Having a sense
of meaning and purpose in life, GM is learning his lessons all right.
*Pathways to Higher Education has been helping young students like Gene
Mark chart their own courses for the future. With your help, more
high-school and college students will have access to new experiences and
opportunities that will make them better individuals and leaders. Get to
know more about Pathways' groundbreaking programs by calling 426-6001
local 4044-4049 or 920-0153 or e-mail at pathways at admu.edu.ph. You can
also visit our website at www.pathwaysphilippines.org and text
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